The Celtics have a few things looming in the off season great to ghastly. I will break them down for you with great or ghastly rating accordingly:
- Great - The next generation: In summer league action New Celtic Luke Harangody has been putting up some nice numbers (23 pts vs OKC, 14pts 12 rbs vs PHI). I have a great feeling about this guy, the C's got a steal and they know it. He owned a lot of teams in college but gets passed by teams on draft day due being an 'unconnvetional NBA body'? Also D-league standout Oliver Layfayette, whom I actually saw play in Boston in his first NBA game (being the last game of the 09 - 10 season), has been logging good minutes at the point. Perhaps Boston may finally have back up true PG for Rondo. Let's hope.
- Great - Doc is back!: After pondering the family vs team, his kids and wife told Glenn 'Doc' Rivers to go be a coach. This may lead be instrumental to players returning / resigning while Rivers esteemed status as a coach could aid the Celtics attracting decent free agents.
- Great - 'The Truth' is back!: After opting out of the last year of his contract, Paul Peirce has resigned for a multi- year contract in the mid 60's (millions), well under the max of 96. Again a vital peice, despite his age you can't have a contender next season without this player.
- Ghastly - Kendick Perkins Knee: The Celtics throw back center is out for a good chunk of time, at least until mid 3 months into the regular season. One of the only possible (and I stress possible) good things to come out of this is that fan's may get to see Semih Erden (inked to contract this week) play at the 5 spot. New prospect Artsiom Parakhouski has played some good minutes at the center in summer league for the C's. Also, don't rule out Rasheed Wallace returning next season.
- Great / Ghastly - Ray Allen yet to resign: Ray Allen is still resign with the C's, but from what we hear it is just business of Basketball. Ray would be a valuable asset to any contender (especially the Cav's if they get Bosh). Ray should resign, but how much is being a Celtic worth to Ray-Ray?
More news as I hear it. Green and White for life.